Men's Basketball Game Notes Versus Marquette (2/14/01)

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Game No. 24: February 14, 2001
Marquette (12-9, 7-3) at UAB (13-10, 5-5)
Bartow Arena (8,500), Birmingham, Ala. (7 pm)

RADIO: Blazer Sports Radio Network (WAPI-AM 1070 in Birmingham)
Gary Sanders, Play-By-Play, Matt Coulter, Color, Jon Gentile, Producer, Bill Lewis, Spotter/Statistics

TV: Midwest Sports Channel-Wisconsin
Chris Roth, Play-By-Play, George Thompson, Color

PROBABLE STARTERS ... G, 4, LeAndrew Bass, 6-3, 205, Sr., Birmingham, Ala., 15.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg - Needs seven assists for 400 in his career
G, 21, Tony Johnson, 6-4, 180, So., Morganfield, Ky., 4.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg - Did not play against Centenary to rest inj. foot
F, 24, P.J. Arnold, 6-5, 205, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 13.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg - Scored in double-digits in 7 of last 8 games
F, 11, David Walker, 6-5, 205, Sr., Springfield, Tenn., 10.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg - Has hit 13 of his last 20 field goals for 65%
C, 54, Will Campbell, 6-8, 245, Jr., Elmira, N.Y., 7.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg - 7th double-double of year (14 p, 12 r) vs. Cent.

UAB HEAD COACH MURRY BARTOW: Murry Bartow (UAB, 1985) is in his 5th season as head coach of the Blazers. He has a 86-62 (.581) overall mark and is 39-33 (.542) in C-USA games. Bartow has taken the Blazers to postseason action in three of his first four seasons and has compiled a pair of 20-plus win campaigns. UAB captured the 1999 Conference USA National Division title and made the program's 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the first for UAB since 1994.

UNDER MURRY BARTOW: The Blazers have ...
* made 3 postseason visits in 4 years
* posted back-to-back 20-victory seasons during the 1997-98 & 98-99 campaigns (the 1st since 1992-93 & 93-94)
* reached the C-USA Tournament semifinals in 3 of 4 seasons
* has led one of only five C-USA schools to at least 70 victories over the last four seasons
* led UAB to NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999, the first trip since 1994
* averaged 18.3 wins per season over his first four campaigns

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY: The Marquette game will mark the fifth time UAB has played on Valentine's Day in its school history. Overall, UAB is 2-2 on Cupid's day and 1-0 in the Murry Bartow era when the Blazer captured a 77-69 win at Tulane during the 1997-98 season.

TOUGH STRETCH FINISHES WITH THE GOLDEN EAGLES: The Marquette contest finishes a stretch of three games over a five-day period. UAB split its first two games of this string, losing to South Florida on the road last Saturday defeating Centenary at Bartow Arena Monday.

CAMPBELL CONTINUES TORRID TEAR: After a stellar week in which he was named C-USA Player of the Week on Feb. 4, junior Will Campbell (Elmira, N.Y.) continued his solid play for the Blazers by notching consecutive double-doubles after earning the honor. Campbell collected 12 points and 11 rebounds against USF Saturday and answered with a 14-point, 12-rebound performance against the Gents on Monday.

MORE ON CAMPBELL: During 2000-01, Campbell has tallied 10 double-digit rebound performances including 20 against Houston (1/31) which marked just the seventh time in C-USA history that a player has tallied at least that many in a contest. Campbell has notched at least nine rebounds in 11 of his last 13 games and is averaging 11.4 points and 11.8 rebounds over the last eight games. Campbell ranks seventh overall in the league at 8.3 rebounds per game and is first in the conference in rebounding in C-USA games only at 10.5 per contest.

BLAZERS SURRENDER SEASON-LOW POINTS: UAB gave up just 53 points against Houston (1/31), marking the fewest points the Blazers have given up this season and the lowest output from an opponent since Louisville collected just 50 last season (1/12/00) in a UAB 56-50 victory over the Cardinals. In fact, the Blazers kept its opponents to under 60 points in back-to-back games for the first time this season when USM managed just 59 on Feb. 3.

FEBRUARY GAMES: The Blazers hold a overall 106-75 (.586) record during the month of February. UAB is 451-266 (.629) in its 23rd season.

BARTOW ANNOUNCES RANSOM AND FINLEY TO REDSHIRT: UAB coach Murry Bartow announced both Myron Ransom and Morris Finley will redshirt this season due to injury. Ransom, a senior from Birmingham, tore his ACL in his right knee in a game over the summer, while the sophomore Finley from LaFayette, Ala., sustained a fractured vertebra in his back earlier this fall.

REBOUNDING MARGIN: This season the Blazers are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 5.6 per contest as they have accumulated 41.3 boards per game. Three times this season, UAB has had a 20-plus rebounding advantage coming against Texas Tech (+21), Tulane (+22) and a whopping plus-35 against Centenary Monday night as the Blazers tied a school record for 65 rebounds versus the Gents. UAB is 13-2 this season in games when they outrebound its opponent.

BLAZERS DO WELL WHEN THEY SCORE 70 OR MORE: This season, UAB is 11-4 when they score at least 70 points in a contest. The Blazers are 11-3 when they hold their opposition to 70 points or less.

HOLDING FOES UNDER 40% USUALLY MEANS WIN: For the seventh straight game and the 12th time this season, the Blazers have held their opponent to under 40 percent shooting when they limited Centenary to 34.8 percent (24-of-69) from the floor. UAB has accumulated a 10-2 mark when they hold its foes to under 40 percent shooting.

AGAINST THE GOLDEN EAGLES: The Blazers take on Marquette for the 15th time in its basketball history and trail in the series 10-4. UAB, which has won two of the last three games in the series, dropped the only meeting between the two schools last year in Milwaukee 68-58. UAB is 2-4 against the Golden Eagles at Bartow Arena.

Marquette series (Golden Eagles lead 10-4)
1/1192, L, 54-66, A
2/15/92, W, 64-60, ARE
1/9/93, L, 66-80, ARE
2/13/93, W, 44-38, A
1/19/94, L, 58-60, ARE
2/2/94, L, 54-58, A
1/15/95, L, 54-77, A
2/16/95, L, 70-80, ARE
3/9/95, L, 46-55, A
1/30/96, L, 64-73, A
2/17/97, L, 52-68, ARE
1/7/98, W, 65-52, A
1/6/99, W, 73-66/ot, ARE
3/1/00, L, 58-68, A

LINEUP CHANGES: Through the first 23 games, the Blazers have started nine different lineups. Only senior LeAndrew Bass has started in every game. The most used lineup for UAB has been Bass and Tony Johnson at guard, Batchelor and David Walker at forward and Will Campbell at center. That lineup has been used eight times during the season.

IGOR MOVES INTO EIGHTH ON UAB BLOCK CHART: Senior Igor Nikolic finds himself ranked No. 8 for a career at UAB in blocked shots after swatting away two shots against Centenary on Monday. Nikolic has 64 blocks for his Blazer career. The following is the top 10 list:

UAB CAREER BLOCKS
1. Alan Ogg ('86-90), 266 2. Jerome Mincy ('82-86), 131 3. Norman Anchrum ('80-82), 125 4. Anthony Gordon ('82-86), 93 5. Frank Haywood ('90-94), 82 6. Oliver Robinson ('78-82), 67 Donnie Speer ('78-82), 67 8. Igor Nikolic ('97-), 64 9. Anthony Thomas ('94-96), 63 Carlos Williams ('94-97), 63

BASS IS SIXTH IN CAREER ASSISTS: Senior LeAndrew Bass moved into sixth place on the UAB career chart for assists Jan. 3 against Alcorn State with four and then made a big jump toward fifth place with a career-best 13 against Tulane (1/7). Bass now has his sights set on fifth place and needs 11 to overtake Michael Charles who notched 403 from 1984 to 1988. With seven assists against Memphis (1/27), Bass went over the century mark for assists this season (currently with 118) to become the first Blazer to record 100 in a campaign since Eric Holmes had 102 during the 1998-99 campaign. The following is UAB's top 10 career assist leaders:

UAB CAREER ASSISTS
1. Steve Mitchell ('82-86), 597
2. Jack Kramer ('88-91), 586
3. Barry Bearden ('86-90), 530
4. Corey Jackson ('91-94), 423
5. Michael Charles ('84-88), 403
6. LeAndrew Bass ('97-), 393
7. Cedric Dixon ('94-98), 329
8. George Wilkerson ('89-94), 307
9. Stanley Jackson ('89-93), 302
10. Oliver Robinson ('78-82), 290

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE BLAZERS: Three times this season, UAB has had a pair of players collect double-doubles in the same game. Will Campbell (14 pts., 12 rebs.) and Eric Batchelor (17 pts., 12 rebs.) collected the third duo double-double of the year versus Centenary, while David Walker (19 pts., 13, reb.) and Campbell (19 pts., 12 reb.) achieved that feat against Tulane (1/7) and Campbell and LeAndrew Bass combined against Virginia Commonwealth (12/30). Campbell notched 11 points and 12 rebounds in that game, while Bass recorded the first double-double of his career with 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against the Rams.

MORE ON THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Will Campbell leads the Blazers with seven double-doubles this season, while David Walker has four of UAB's 13. For his career, Walker has notched 10 double-doubles.

2000-2001 UAB Double-Doubles:
Eric Batchelor -
17 p, 2 r vs. Centenary (2/12)
LeAndrew Bass -
14 p, 11 r vs. VCU (12/30)
Will Campbell -
10 p, 15 r vs. LaSalle (11/25)
11 p, 12 r vs. VCU (12/3)
19 p, 12 r vs. Tulane (1/7)
10 p, 10 r at Cincinnati (1/17)
18 p, 20 r vs. Houston (1/31)
12 p, 11 r at South Fla. (2/10)
14 p, 12 r vs. Centenary (2/12)
David Walker -
11 p, 11, r at Bradley (12/3)
12 p, 11 r vs. CSUN (12/21)
20 p, 13 r at Hawai'i (12/23)
16 p, 13 r vs. Tulane (1/7)

COACHES SHOW TIME CHANGE: The Murry Bartow Show will air on Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. It will also be replayed on the following Tuesday at 5 p.m. The show had originally been slated for 5:30 p.m.on Fridays.

ALL-TIME HOME RECORD: UAB has collected a 151-32 record (.825) at Bartow Arena in its 13th season in the facility. UAB was 11-2 in the building last season and has won at least 10 games there in all but one campaign. In all-time home games, the Blazers are 284-68 (.807).

NEXT OPPONENT: UAB returns to action next Monday when they take on Memphis in a 7 p.m. game at the Pyramid. The Blazer trail in the series 15-7 and look to avenge a 76-73 overtime loss to Memphis last month.

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